Online Safety

“Online safety refers to the act of staying safe online. It is also commonly known as internet safety, e-safety and cyber safety. It encompasses all technological devices which have access to the internet from PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets. Being safe online means individuals are protecting themselves and others from online harms and risks which may jeopardise their personal information, lead to unsafe communications or even effect their mental health and wellbeing”.

National Online Safety

Indepth

Resources

STAR toolkit (Childnet)

SEN
The STAR toolkit consists of practical advice and 15 teaching activities to help educators explore online safety with young people with autism spectrum disorders in Key Stage 3 and 4. The sections consist of Safe, Trust, Action and Respect. . . . All sections feature the concept of friendship and have a focus on finding the balance between online and offline interaction. Most of the activities are not complete lessons, but starter activities or similar.

Trust Me: a critical thinking resource

Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
The main aim of the Trust Me resource is to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive information that they might come across online. The primary and secondary education packs contain lesson plans, activities and presentations . . . covering content and contacts online and the secondary pack also looks at propaganda.

Videos

Links

Be Internet Legends (Google)

Helping children be safe and confident explorers of the online world, To make the most of the internet, children need to make smart decisions. Be Internet Legends empowers younger children to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world.


CEOP Safety Centre

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors


Childline

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.


Childnet

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.


Internet Matters

Supporting families online: Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.


News

13/01/2022 : 2021 was worst year on record for online child sexual abuse, says IWF
Guardian

18/01/2022 : 2022 Online Safety Live Events Available For UK Safer Internet Centre
South West Grid for Learning

12/10/2021 : A boy wrote about his suicide attempt. He didn’t realize his school’s Gaggle software was watching
Guardian

21/04/2021 : Campaign launches as new report finds girls at worsening risk of grooming from sexual predators online
Internet Watch Foundation

28/07/2021 : Campaigners push to stop this being ‘the summer of online sexual abuse’ against children
Internet Watch Foundation

Documents and Publications

Online Harms Experienced by Children and Young People: ‘Acceptable use’ and regulation

In light of the increased amount of time children and young people (CYP) have been spending online . . . during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the Catch22 Online Harms Consultation was launched in 2020. It received responses from 22 young people, 75 frontline professionals, representatives from tech platforms and Commissioners, on the challenges of online harm.


‘Through these walls’: Report Harmful Content annual report 2021

Through These Walls seeks to get to the heart of harmful content reporting over the past year, not . . . only regarding harmful content proliferation during COVID-19 lockdowns, but also public attitudes towards identifying and raising incidents with an official dispute resolution service. The report offers a detailed look into the particular types of harmful content flagged, and a breakdown and analysis of the most common forms.


Parental Controls information: Sony Playstation 5

Learn how to set up parental controls and manage your child’s use of games, apps, and features on . . . the PS5 console. The PS5 includes parental controls and spending limits that work alongside family management and play time controls.


Podcasts

Online Safety Podcast (SWGfL)
Presented by a variety of SWGfL’s online safety experts and special guests – this podcast is your one-stop-shop for . . . internet safety news and comment. The focus of episodes is to advise professionals working with young people. That being said, the content will be useful for parents, carers or anybody with an interest in online safety.



SafetoNet Foundation Safeguarding Podcast
The SafeToNet Foundation’s Safeguarding podcasts focusses on safeguarding children in the online digital context. We . . . cover the technical, legal and cultural aspects of topics such as cyber-abuse, cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion, digital wellbeing and how to keep children safer online.